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I was denied enlistment into the National Guard due to

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I was denied enlistment into the National Guard due to something very minor in my past is there anyway I can appeal it
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Allen M., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

There is an appeal process, but it's not like a legal "due process" appeal. This is because there is no legal right to military service, so it's not a court matter. The "appeal" is something called a waiver request. That is an appeal to the recruiting station commander to allow entrance over a disqualifying issue. While I understand that you say this is a minor issue in the past, it still can be disqualifying to the point that it requires a waiver to gain entry. It does not take much to be DQ'd.

As I noted, the waiver request isn't actually a "due process" right. It is a tool for recruiters to use in order to fill positions that they need to have filled. If this recruiter wouldn't process a waiver for you, that means they aren't really in need of anything. This is becoming universally true, as we are seeing fewer and fewer waivers processed or granted. That is a direct result of the still poor job market and the shrinking military budget. As a result, we have more people applying for fewer positions. Waivers become unnecessary in such situations.

So, to obtain a waiver, you have to find a recruiter with a need. If they have a need, they'll process a waiver request. This is no guarantee that it will granted, but the only way to even get it processed is to find a recruiter with a need. If the issue is minor, then there is certainly the chance that it would be granted.

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